Grammy Award winner Brian Setzer turns The Majestic Theater into a “Rockabilly Riot”

3 8 2024 Brian Setzer The Majestic Theater Dallas Javier Vicencio

Written by: Debbie Irene Ide

Photos by: Javier Vicencio

Thursday, March 7th people came from far and near to see music legend Brian Setzer and his high energy trio. Supporting his most recent release The Devil Always Collects, Setzer and his special guest Yates McKendree took the energy of the luxuriously elegant MAJESTIC THEATER to new heights.

My evening started serendipitously with a chance meeting of another concertgoer at a nearby restaurant. Tina had come all the way from Springtown Texas to see the show because “Dallas has the best music”. She invited me to join her in the second row since she had an extra ticket. Naturally, I was delighted to, and I was so thrilled that I did. There’s not a bad seat in the house at The Majestic but how could I turn that down?

Yates McEndree opened the show with blistering blues riffs on guitar and searing soulful vocals. He mentioned that the man on the Hammond keyboard was his Grammy Award winning father Kevin McKendree and I thought that was completely awesome!

The crowd loved McKendree and was wound up ready to see THE Stray Cat himself. Setzer entered the stage with a black, white and red backdrop highlighting a man with a pompadour hairstyle and a red bandana over the lower half of his face. Flanked by two mirror imaged scantily clad devilish ladies surrounded by flames and a couple of Gretsch guitars below.

The audience was very composed throughout the show, but you could sense their yearning to get up and dance. Some were dressed in the unmistakable hip style of the 50s inspired rockabilly flair. The show started with Rock Boys Rock, from the 2023 release THE DEVIL ALWAYS COLLECTS. ‘Double Talkin’ Baby moved into ‘Stack My Money‘, ‘The Cat With 9 Wives‘ leading us right into the ‘Stray Cat Strut‘ made famous by the Stray Cats and peaked on the Hot 100 chart at No 3. A few more songs into the set and we were treated to an acoustic solo set by Setzer that included ‘Georgia (on my mind)’, Lonesome Road and Sleepwalk.

Setzer could tell the crowd really wanted to get up and dance so he encouraged everyone to do so. He said the ushers probably wouldn’t mind so everyone did just that…got up and danced in the aisles.  He asked the audience if they had seen his Christmas show with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and the crowd cheered wildly when he asked us if he should bring it back. I went to see Setzers Christmas show with my guitarist friend George and it was quite a spectacle of entertainment.

The band rejoined Setzer onstage for a second high energy set blasting off with his cover of ‘Train Kept A Rollin’ which was followed by, ‘What’ll It Be Baby Doll’?, Fishnet Stockings and finally what seemed to be the highlight for the audience, ‘Rock This Town’.

I highly recommend seeing Setzer in either show because he has chosen not only
extraordinarily talented musicians to support him, but their onstage antics are over the top. Get your tickets here